Micheal Sorkin, East Jerusalem
Israel, Palestine, 1999

Michael Sorkin,


The Next Jerusalem.
All Micheal Sorkin's work is a continuous, delicate study of the impact of physical space and social aspects on each other, in pursuit of a vision: the conviction that cooperation is the foundation for the truly democratic city. The theory offers a pretext for an experiment in Jerusalem.

Micheal Sorkin, East Jerusalem<br> Israel, Palestine, 1999 The urgent need for architecture and town planning which is aware of the consequences and respects limits identifies the environment as one of the most important topics in contemporary architecture.
The project is not intended to alter or distort the incredible variety of inhabited space in Jerusalem, but rather to underline and develop the urban values needed to ensure the vitality of the city's neighbourhoods. The result is an organic form which conserves and reinforces Jerusalem's overall complexity.
Working on the theme of the city built upon itself, the plan subtends reflection in density, which is then translated into a discussion of what is the right size, the right quantity, the right vicinity. Densification takes the form of an alternation of compact "blocks" of buildings and large empty spaces. Density and variety are the twin pillars of the model Sorkin proposes for Jerusalem.
The results emerging from the discussions of the idea have been collected and published in the volume "The Next Jerusalem, Sharing the Divided City", published by Monacelli Press in April 2005.

Stefano Avesani

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